California Guard Card And Security Training Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone that works in any capacity as a security guard or performs any task that a security guard would perform.  This includes access control, bag checking, weapon screening, night watchman, theft prevention, loss prevention, bouncer, executive protection, bodyguard, etc. regardless of wearing a uniform or plain clothed.  Anyone doing any of these tasks must have a “Guard Card” issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).

No.  BSIS does not require a drug test in order to apply for a guard card.

In addition to the cost of security training; you’ll need to get LIVESCAN fingerprinting and submit your application inline to BSIS.  These fees are subject to change so contact a LIVESCAN facility near you & BSIS to get current pricing.

BSIS processing times vary.  We have seen Guard Cards issued within 3 days and as long as 3 months.  Processing time is usually about 3 weeks.  Check the BSIS Website (https://search.dca.ca.gov/) to check the status of your Guard Card.

Yes.  Call BSIS at (916) 322-4000.

Your Guard Card will expire two years after the date it was issued.  Once expired, there is a 60 day grace period during which you can pay a delinquent fee and still renew your registration.  If you have not renewed your Guard Card before the 60 day grace period ends then you must reapply as a new applicant.

Submit your renewal application 60 days before your Guard Card expires.

Request a duplicate Guard Registration card from BSIS.  There will be a replacement fee for the card.

Yes.  You must notify BSIS in writing within 30 days of an address change.

No.  A Guard Card authorizes you to be the employee (NOT an “Independent Contractor”) of any Licensed Security Agency (PPO) or in-house security department (PSE) in the State of California.

BSIS does not limit how many security companies you can work for at the same time.  You must be an employee with taxes taken out of your paycheck.  You are NOT allowed to act as an “Independent Contractor”.

Yes.  Everyone that works as a Security Officer must complete the initial 8 hour “Guard Card” training course.

No.  You must be 18 years old to be issued a Guard Card by BSIS.  There are no exceptions to the age requirement.

Crimes of violence and felonies automatically disqualify you from being issued a Guard Card by BSIS.  For other convictions BSIS will consider each situation on a case-by-case basis.  Always be truthful on your BSIS application

You can submit a new application one year from the date of denial.

Trainers & training facilities must be licensed  and all training courses must be approved  by BSIS.  OnlineSecurityGuardTraining.com meets these requirements.

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